This phrase from one of our favorite books came to mind when I thought about writing down another step in our process. "Chug, chug, chug up the mountain...chug, chug, chug down the mountain..." It aptly describes how it feels to be slowly working through each required item of paper work. Yet, the time seems to be flying by and before we know it, we will be on our way to Ukraine. I think the advent of 2012 suddenly brought the reality of Rulsan and Nastia's arrival so much closer. We are really excited and anxious to accomplish this goal.
Today, we went for our next round of doctor's appointments. The nurse took blood and the doctor made sure we're not crazy. Once again, Dr. Bott waived the copay for his services in order to support us further. We will never cease to be amazed at the kindness and generosity of people!
Afterward, we raced off to support the Bahr family (ukrainetoutah.blogspot.com) in their adoption fund raiser. They are struggling to make such a large amount of money. Such a sweet family!
Tomorrow we start pulling ourselves together to get our taxes done. This will set a record for the Morfords...taxes done in JANUARY. Crazy. But, our 1040 is required and needs to be notarized and apostilled, arriving in Ukraine with all the other paperwork by the beginning of February.
Honestly, with the complication and difficulty of all of this I don't know how anyone adopts internationally independently. If we didn't have someone holding our hand through each of these complicated steps it would take us years to do this!
- send off for another copy of marriage certificate...done
- fingerprinting at immigration...done
- doctors appointment...done
- blood work...done
- proof of residence...done
- fingerprinting at local police office...next!
Chug, chug, chug up the mountain...chug, chug, chug down the mountain. Even though all the dolls and toys were asleep at the end of such a busy day, could the Little Engine rest? No! She had to make sure her friends arrived home safe and sound...